Inaugural Pastors Forum held at Southern Nazarene University

BETHANY, OK (October 16, 2012) - Gathering on the campus of Southern Nazarene University (Bethany, OK), at SNU Tulsa, OK and at 12 host church sites across the South Central Region, USA, over 200 pastors experienced a day of relevant teaching and inspiration by General Superintendent, Dr. Stan Toler, at the inaugural SNU Pastor’s Forum, held October 7, 2012.

“For many years we have offered continuing education opportunities for our pastors; two on campus and four out on the Region per year, ” stated Dr. Terry Toler, Vice President for University Advancement and Church Relations at SNU. “Our desire – through these multi-site broadcasts – is to broaden the coverage of these events and provide high quality content,” said Toler. “This initial Forum was a great start and we’re very excited about this new delivery system,” he said. “It’s been a great experience, working with the District Superintendents and pastors across the Region.”

A steering committee made up of District Superintendents Dr. Terry Rowland, Dr. Jim Cooper and Dr. David McKellips worked alongside the SNU Office of Church Relations to envision and focus these Forums.

The first five of the twice-yearly Forums will focus on the strategic initiatives of the USA/Canada Region: 1) Intentional Leadership Development; 2) Vibrant Church Renewal; 3) Clear and Coherent Theological Identity; 4) Passionate Missional Outreach; and 5) Multifaceted New Church Development.

Following an opening greeting from Dr. Loren Gresham, president of Southern Nazarene University, invited guest, Dr. Bob Broadbooks, USA/Canada Regional Director, shared an overview of the five key strategies. Then, as Dr. Stan Toler presented Vibrant Church Renewal, pastors from across the Region submitted questions and comments through the use of social media, email and texting, as well as sending photos of groups at host church sites that were shared during the broadcast. NPH representative, Matt Zimmer, was present with special book sales offers for pastors on campus.

Capping the day’s events was an evening performance by BJ Johnston as The Man from Aldersgate, as he brought the conversion experience of John Wesley to life through an interactive drama, highlighted by great Wesley hymns, led and accompanied by SNU School of Music faculty members, Dr. Rich Cantwell and Dr. Mark Reighard. The performance was open to all clergy and their spouses, as a gift of appreciation from SNU’s campus family during Pastor Appreciation Week at SNU. Dr. Dan Reiland, author of Amplified Leadership, and Executive Pastor of 12Stone Church in Atlanta, Georgia, will be the next SNU Pastor’s Forum speaker on January 28, 2013.

Dr. Reiland will be presenting on Intentional Leadership Development. With keen interest expressed in developing even more host church sites, the Pastor’s Forum series promises to be a key connecting point, maintaining and strengthening the relationship between the South Central Region Church of the Nazarene and Southern Nazarene University.

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